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Released: March 31, 1976

Rating: 3.388 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: classic hard rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Achilles Last Stand [10:25]
  2. For Your Life [6:24]
  3. Royal Orleans (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) [2:59]
  4. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Redding) [6:16]
  5. Candy Store Rock [4:11]
  6. Hots on for Nowhere [4:44]
  7. Tea for One [9:27]
Songs written by Plage/Plant unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 44:24


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 6.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • none

Led Zeppelin
Presence scales back the size of Physical Graffiti to a single album, but it retains the grandiose scope of that double record. If anything, Presence has more majestic epics than its predecessor, opening with the surging, ten-minute Achilles Last Stand and closing with the meandering, nearly ten-minute Tea for One. In between, Led Zeppelin add the lumbering blues workout Nobody's Fault but Mine and the terse, menacing For Your Life, which is the best song on the album. These four tracks take up the bulk of the album, leaving three lighthearted throwaways to alleviate the foreboding atmosphere — and pretensions — of the epics. If all of the throwaways were as focused and funny as those on Physical Graffiti or Houses of the Holy, Zeppelin would have had another classic on their hands. However, the Crescent City love letter of Royal Orleans sags in the middle, and the ersatz rockabilly of Candy Store Rock doesn't muster up the loose, funky swagger of Hots on for Nowhere, which it should in order to work. The three throwaways are also scattered haphazardly throughout the album, making it seem more ponderous than it actually is, and the result is the weakest album Zeppelin had yet recorded” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: Physical Graffiti (1975) Led Zeppelin’s DMDB page Next Album: In Through the Out Door (1979)

Last updated March 28, 2008.